May 23, 2017

Feeling fat with Lucas Crawford

Lucas Crawford, born in Halifax and raised in rural Nova Scotia, is a poet and Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of New Brunswick. Lucas has published two books: Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Press 2015), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and, Transgender Architectonics (a scholarly monograph). In addition, Lucas’ poetry has appeared in magazines and journals such as Lambda Literary, Rattle, Chelsea Station, Lost in Thought, The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review, The Literary Review of Canada, PRISM International, Rampike, Room, Dreamland, The New Quarterly, Plenitude, Geist, Atlantis, Other Voices, Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and a variety of books and anthologies. Lucas enjoys food writing and food pop culture, basketball fandom, the giant panda and its politics, perfumery, drawing, the beach, and comedy. After viewing your short video on the UNB website, I can see why your students love you. Your optimism, your positivity, the comments about the student/prof relationship, and your humility make me want to fly over and take that course myself. To say that profs are “still active learners” is not the same kind of top-down authoritarian stance I remember from many of my profs back in the day. I think it […]
May 2, 2017

Linda Field puts her back into it

If I could choose between a curt “no” and a lengthy rejection, it wouldn’t be an easy choice. With no information, I can make up my own explanation for why something was rejected. When it’s laid out in great detail, there’s no way to avoid the occasionally baffling or infuriating reasons for rejection. Linda’s analysis of my not-ready-for-prime-time novel was not a fun read, but it accurately hit a number of points that I’ll have to address if I’m ever going to get it together as a novelist. I consider my short stories to be concise and focused, but as Linda said, when it comes to this novel, “there is a lot going on, but nothing much happens.” Six years after I had abandoned the novel, I read through it again and found it had not aged well. For a guy who prides himself on quality control, I was disappointed to realize it was released before it was ready. As an admittedly weak defense, the novel was completed under some time pressure. I was excited about the possibility of publishing my novel with a major house, and that excitement overrode my usual process of a ridiculous number of revisions in […]